Why Your Acne Products Aren't Working

Have you been using your acne products for over a year with no results? Are you still getting new pimples? We are going to help you dissect why your current acne treatment methods aren’t working for you.

#1 You’re using products that are heavily alcohol based or oil-free

The skincare industry has led those of us with oily acne prone skin to believe that we need to strip all the oil from our skin in order to prevent future breakouts. Truth is by achieving that “squeaky clean” feeling, we are stripping our skin from all its natural oils causing it to produce more sebum to prevent dehydration. So while heavier oils can possibly clog pore, a lot of lighter oils that are high in linoleic acid content can be beneficial to oily and even acne-prone skin.

Oil can help:
1. Prevent acne from dehydration
2. Regulate excess sebum production
3. Heal acne (ex. hemp seed oil, rosehip seed oil, squalane oil)

 

#2 All of your products have the word “Acne” in the title

The majority of conventional acne fighting products work by excessively drying out your pimples which can help mask the problem temporarily, however it isn’t a cure to treat the acne. In fact, many of acne-prone skin users use these drying products on their entire face which can leave the skin dehydrated and prone to even more outbreaks.

Solution: Acne spot treatments are much more effective when you’re trying to get rid of that stubborn pimple and can be a quick-fix solution, especially if you have an important event the next day. Just remember that these types of treatments only provide a short term solution to an underlying issue.

#3 You are overwashing your face

Having acne does not mean that your skin is “dirty” and washing your skin several times a day is not going to improve your breakouts. In fact, it compromises your skin barrier and makes your skin more sensitive. You might think that you are washing away the bad bacteria but in reality you are also washing away the good bacteria which helps you maintain healthy skin.

Solution: Try skipping your morning cleanse, doing this may seem counterintuitive, but it helps prevent acne by keeping the skin barrier intact thus regulating sebum production. Just splash your face with lukewarm water and continue on with your normal skincare routine.


#4 You are scrubbing with physical exfoliators

Acne are physical wounds on your face that become aggravated when you use extremely harsh scrubs. Physical exfoliators make your skin more vulnerable and can lead to a higher risk of moving that infection around to other parts of your face.

Solution: Switch to AHA and BHA products, such as our Kale-Lalu-yAHA, which can be much more gentle while still increasing your cell turnover rate.

 

#5 You are using sensitizing products

In today’s day and age, we’re all guilty of wanting to try every new product that comes to market, but truth is, you are probably switching between too many products and making your skin sensitive and prone to breakouts.

Solution: If you feel like your skin is always inflamed, stay away from these harsh ingredients such as:
- Essential oils (fragrance oils such as lavender, lemon, citrus oils)
- Fragrance
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Products that are drying

No one knows your skin better than you, so be sure to pay attention to how it reacts to the application of products old or new and customize a routine that works perfectly for you!

 

 

10 comments

When will the cleanser be back in stock?

Elisabeth August 27, 2018

Hi Leah,
My daughter has acne. She used to have very nice skin but recently at the age of 18 she started breaking out for the last 8 months. She has been using Dr. Oracle products ( listed below) for the last four weeks and has seen some improvements but I am not sure whether that is working or not since she is getting some new acne on her both cheeks and forehead.
She is very frustrated with her acne and I am feeling so helpless. I started reviewing the web for acne and found out about K-beauty and bought all the Dr. Oracle products for her to treat her acne. Not sure whether I should continue or discard the products.
Please advise and let me know what she can do to treat her acne. I have started using Tamanue oil for myself ( using for the last four days) once I watched your video. Loved your videos.

Thanks
Atika

Oil Based: Hanskin Cleansing oil & Black Heads

Water Based : Dr. Oracle A-Thera Cleansing Foam
Dr. Oracle A-Thera Tea Tree Peeling Sticks
Dr. Oracle A Thera Toner (PH level 5.5)
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch $5 ( Spot treatment)
Dr. Oracle A -Thera Emulsion
Dr Oracle A-Thera cream (moisturizer)
Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50/PA +
EXFOLIATION:
COSRX BHA Black Heads ( three times a week after cleaning and toner)

Atika June 12, 2018

For few years I’ve been clean of acne but this year I notice I started getting pimples again and I tried this! all of this. Switching my cleanser, stopped using rough exfoliates, changed my diet to more healthy, getting more sleep. But it’s been months and now my skin is more scarred and getting more and more huge acne pimples that hurt. I dont know what to do.

Cherish Antoine June 02, 2018

Will the Kale-Lalu-yAHA be restocked?

Kay June 01, 2018

Я очень , очень хочу попробовать ваши продукты , т к имею чувствительную кожу с акне. Есть ли доставка в Россию?

Татьяна May 31, 2018

Я очень , очень хочу попробовать ваши продукты , т к имею чувствительную кожу с акне. Есть ли доставка в Россию?

Татьяна May 31, 2018

THANKYOUUU liah for your helpful information. i have a sensitive and acne prone skin, i used to cover my whole fave with drying products such as benzoyl peroxide. since i watched your video i stared using gentler face wash and rosehip oil. in just two weeks i see a major difference on my skin!
i love you so much and thankyou for educating me on skincare
keep doing on what you’re doing cause you are GREAT on it 💚💚💚

fai May 30, 2018

I’m so sad because I know Liah loves using oil so especially Tamanu oil- that broke me out. And then I tried Squalane (not squalane) and I’m getting those pussed filled acne too ugh 😭

Aufa May 30, 2018

Omg rosehip oil and hemp seed oil cant help the acnes? But Matcha Hemp Cleanser contains hemp seed oil and i love it :( I also apply rosehip oil 3 times a week every night, is that safe for acne prone typed skin like me? :(

Chicha A. May 29, 2018

I tried skipping my morning cleanse & within 3-4 weeks my face (especially cheeks and jawline) are COVERED in closed comedones. Why would this happen, and what can I do?

Brittany G. May 29, 2018

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